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The World Socialist Web Site (WSWS) is an international Trotskyist news site that is the online news and information publication of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The WSWS publishes articles and analysis of news and events from around the world, updated daily. The site also includes coverage of the history of working class political and organized labor movements.


About


The WSWS was established on February 14, 1998. The site was redesigned on October 22, 2008. The WSWS supports and helps campaign for the Socialist Equality Parties in elections. The site has no advertisements, except for material from Mehring Books, the ICFI's publishing arm. Instead, it sustains itself through the donations of readers and supporters. David North serves as Chairman of the site's International Editorial Board.


Content


The WSWS publishes articles on politics, finance and economics, culture, police violence, and labor issues. The WSWS periodically undertakes focused political campaigns, during which numerous articles, videos, interviews, and perspectives are published on the topic. Campaigns undertaken include defending Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden, civil rights and free speech, and the opposition to utility shutoffs and bankruptcy in Detroit. The WSWS has criticized the ''New York Times 1619 Project. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSWS has been critical of government responses, denouncing "the discredited policy of 'herd immunity' that has been pursued by the ruling class in its response to the pandemic." Additionally, it opposes reopening of schools, calling such policies “homicidal”.


Sections


* The daily 'Perspective' article presents the position of the WSWS on a range of political, theoretical, and historical issues. * News articles which cover the day's significant international political and economic developments * Arts Review – under the editorship of Marxist arts critics David Walsh and Joanne Laurier * Science * Workers' Struggles * Philosophy lectures which defend philosophical materialism and oppose idealism * "This Week in History", providing brief synopses of important historical events occurring 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago * ICFI/Marxist Library – the Historical and International Foundations of the Socialist Equality Party is archived, along with original translations of classic Marxist literature, with works by James P. Cannon, Leon Trotsky, Vladimir Lenin, and Karl Marx


Demotion in Google searches


In July 2017, the WSWS began to oppose new Google search algorithms, which it believes is a form of Google censorship, and claims that the changes are intended to remove "fake news". The ''WSWS'' has used evidence from SEMrush, an analytics suite for search engine optimization, that showed that several socialist and anti-war news sites had received reduced traffic from Google due to changes in its search algorithm; according to the WSWS, between late April 2017 and the beginning of August 2017, wsws.org Google search traffic fell by 67%. Google said that it had not deliberately targeted any particular website; Google VP Ben Gomes wrote that Google had "adjusted tssignals to help surface more authoritative pages and demote low-quality content." The documentary film-maker John Pilger has offered his support for the website in its response to Google.


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''The Bulletin'' (1964–1974) Internet Archive
Marxists Internet Archive, www.marxists.org {{Socialist Equality Parties |state=expanded Category:International Committee of the Fourth International Category:Communist works Category:Socialist publications Category:Socialist newspapers Category:American political websites Category:Multilingual news services Category:American news websites Category:Internet properties established in 1998